Recycling different types of waste

Small electrical items, textiles and batteries

Small electrical items

In the UK, we throw away enough electrical items to fill Wembley stadium 6 times over, every single year! Electrical items contain materials such as plastic and metals that can be used repeatedly and by gathering your unwanted items you are making sure that these valuable resources will be reused.

To recycle small electrical items, simply:

  • make sure the bags contain the same type of waste (e.g. separate bags for reusable textiles, small electrical items and household batteries)
  • place the bag next to either your recycling or black waste bin by 7am on your collection day

Important: please do not put the bagged items in your bins, as they won’t be recycled.

What are we collecting?

Small electrical items (appliances no larger than 35cm by 40cm):

  • bedside lamps
  • blenders
  • calculators
  • cameras
  • chargers
  • digital-boxes
  • electric toothbrushes
  • electronic toys and games
  • food processors
  • hair dryers
  • hi-fi equipment (including speakers)
  • irons
  • juicers
  • kettles
  • power tools
  • shavers
  • telephones
  • toasters
  • torches

What we cannot accept

  • TVs and PC monitors
  • laptops
  • fluorescent tubes and energy saving light bulbs
  • fridges and freezers
  • washing machines
  • dish washers
  • cookers
  • microwave ovens

These items can be disposed of at a tidy tip or a bulky waste collection.

Household batteries

To recycle your unwanted household batteries, simply:

  • make sure the bags contain the same type of waste (e.g. separate bags for reusable textiles, small electrical items and household batteries)
  • place the bag next to either your recycling or black waste bin by 7am on your collection day

You can also check your local supermarket as most stores now accept used batteries.

Important: Please do not put the bagged items in your bins as they will not be recycled or reused.

What are we collecting?

  • 6v
  • D
  • C
  • AA
  • AAA
  • 9v
  • button
  • mobile phones batteries

We cannot accept

  • children’s ride on toy batteries
  • sealed lead acid / gel batteries
  • car batteries
  • motorbike batteries
  • industrial batteries

These items should not be placed in either your recycling or black waste bins. They should be disposed of safely at a Household Waste Recycling Centreempty (link opens in new window).

Textile collection

We are now collecting reusable textiles separately:

  • place any clean reusable textiles in a supermarket carrier bag (no black bin liners)
  • make sure the bags contain the same type of waste (e.g. separate bags for reusable textiles, small electrical items and household batteries)
  • place the bag next to either your recycling or black waste bin by 7am on your collection day

You can also take unwanted textiles to your local textile bank.

Important: please do not put any bagged textiles in your recycling bin as they will not be recycled or reused.

Make sure the bags contain the same type of waste (e.g. separate bags for reusable textiles, small electrical items and household batteries)

What are we collecting?

  • clothing
  • shoes (tied in pairs)
  • sheets
  • blankets
  • towels
  • household linen and fabrics

We cannot accept

  • duvets
  • pillows
  • cushions
  • worn, torn and stained textiles
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